If you’re looking for blood and gore in a dystopian world where heroes have failed and evil prevails, then Old Man Logan is the comic for you. Written by Mark Miller (who brought you Civil War) and illustrated by Steve McNiven (who currently draws the new Secret Empire Series), the Old Man Logan series, published in 2009, is a western style tale filled with moloids, dinosaurs, revenge, and a mysterious past that slowly unravels in an epic adventure.
Set 50 years after “super villains carved up America amongst themselves,” the story begins with Logan living a quiet life with his wife, Maureen, and two children, Jade and Scotty. The family is struggling to make ends meet and pay their rent which is even harder when the land owners come to collect what’s due. This seemingly quaint story quickly turns brutal when the landowners turn out to be Bruce Banner’s grandchildren who are aching to beat Logan to a pulp for not being able to pay.
Does Logan fight back and kill the Hulk Gang in all their green-neck glory? Nope. He’s not Wolverine anymore. He’s a pacifist, a father, and a farmer who vowed to never use his God forsaken adamantium claws ever again but that’s not where the story ends. To provide the money for his family’s rent, he agrees to take on a job with Hawkeye– who is now blind as a bat (yet still as dangerous as ever). We follow them on their journey across the desolate-waste-land of a country. The most challenging battle might not be with any one villain he meets along the way but with his own past and the reason he put his claws away in the first place.
The art is as beautiful as it is bloody. No color nor line seems out of place in the panels of this 8 part series. The style was fitting of the story and each emotion from happiness to despair and anger were artistically conveyed through McNiven’s handy work.
Mark Miller truly captures the depth of Logan’s character and the range of all his emotions with the strategic unraveling of Logan’s mysterious past. Logan becomes more than the short-tempered mutant known for his impenetrable skeleton and immortal capabilities. The decisions, priorities, and conscience that he struggles with throughout the story is the Logan we come to know. However, this wouldn’t be a proper Wolverine comic without it ending in a bang, so pick up the first part of Logan’s greatest adventure and enjoy the ride Bub…